Summer 2021 Opportunities for Career Exploration

All of the opportunities listed are Student Led, meaning students must take the leadership role in applications, etc. Students should speak with their teacher, school counselor, and parents before applying for any of these opportunities.

Be sure to check out the Trident Region’s Youth Apprenticeship program, another amazing career exploration opportunity!

COVID-19 Impact: The opportunities listed on the Summer Career Exploration page are subject to change. Please contact all providers directly to confirm the status of the opportunity offered.


This list is updated regularly – Please bookmark this page and revisit often for the latest information!

Type Career Focus Opportunity Eligibility More Info
Camp International Relations Harvard Undergraduate International Relations Scholars Program (virtual) Rising 9th – Graduating Seniors LINK
Camp Robotics East Cooper CAS VEX Robotics Academy Rising 7th -12th graders LINK
Camp Engineering East Cooper CAS Girl’s Summer Engineering Camp 24 rising 9th grade girls LINK
Camp STEM Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) by NSBE Rising 4th – 6th graders LINK
Camp Chemistry Clemson Chemistry Connections Virtual Camp Ages 8-12 LINK
Camp Engineering Clemson Engineering Design Challenge Virtual Camp Ages 8-12 LINK
Camp Physics Clemson Fun with Physics Virtual Camp Ages 8-12 LINK
Camp Health Science Summer Health Careers Exploration Symposium Graduating Seniors LINK
Camp STEM iTEAMS XTREME Computer Science & Tech Camp Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders LINK
Camp STEM Lowcountry CREATEng Engineering Camp Rising 8th & 9th graders LINK
Camp STEM GoSciTech @ SC Governor’s School for Science & Math Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th graders LINK
Camp IT / STEM Next IT Girl Summer Series Virtual Camps Girls ages 8-16 LINK
Camp Leadership 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program @ Clemson Rising 6-12 graders LINK
Camp Leadership Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders Camp Rising Seniors LINK
Camp STEM STEM Girls Rock, Presented by NIWC (Virtual) Rising 8th and 9th grade girls LINK
Camp Community Service City of Charleston Youth Volunteer Corps Students ages 11-18 LINK
Camp Various Charleston County Summer Camps All Ages LINK
Camp Various City of Charleston Recreation Department All Ages LINK
Camp Journalism / Literacy Backpack Journalists Summer Adventure Camps Series All Ages LINK
Camp Cyber Security VIRTUAL Palmetto Cybersecurity Summer Camp Middle & High School LINK
Camp Computer Science CHS Digital Corridor CODECamp: Robotics Age 11-16 LINK
Camp Computer Science CHS Digital Corridor CODECamp: Web Dev Age 11-16 LINK
Camp Computer Science CHS Digital Corridor CODECamp: App Dev Age 11-16 LINK
Camp Entrepreneurship “Girl Boss” Camp (Now a Virtual Camp!) Rising 5th – 7th grade girls LINK
Camp Various / STEM USC’s Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series Rising 6th – 12tth graders LINK
Camp Architecture Clemson Architecture Career Summer Academy Rising 9th – 12th graders LINK
Camp STEAM The Citadel STEAM Camp – TREASURE HUNTERS! Rising 5th – 8th graders LINK
Camp Cyber / STEM / IT The Citadel Cybersecurity Camps: Boys Aug 2-6 & Girls Aug-13 Rising 8th – 12th grades LINK
Employment Short Term Culinary GigPro is an app that connects talent with short term experience working in Charleston area restaurants. Age 18+ LINK
Employment Various / Municipal City of Charleston Summer Youth Employment – Apply by May 7 Age 15+ LINK
Employment Various N. Chs Rec Dept seeking summer lifeguards (PAID) Age 15+ LINK
Employment Various Chas County Summer Youth Employment Program (PAID) Students ages 16-21 LINK
Employment Various / Retail Palmetto Goodwill, multiple locations throughout CHS (PAID) Ages 16+ LINK
Employment Various City of Charleston Summer Jobs (Search Keyword Summer) Graduating Seniors LINK
Employment Hospitality & Tourism Charleston RiverDogs Hiring Event Apr 3, 9-12 (PAID) Age 15+ LINK
Employment Construction & Manufacturing JM Steel Corporation offering opportunities for graduating seniors (PAID) Ages 18+ Graduating Seniors LINK
Employment Hospitality & Tourism Sweet Grass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort (PAID) Ages 17+ LINK
Internship Construction & Manufacturing SCDOT Auto / Diesel Tech Internship (PAID) Ages 17+ (see counselor/career specialist for more info) LINK
Internship Various Paid Opportunities Summer Youth Works – Palmetto Community Action Partnership (PAID) Rising 11th & 12th graders LINK
Internship Early Childhood Ed Chas County Park & Rec: Junior Counselor (PAID) Students ages 13-16 LINK
Internship Various Summer Internships with CCSD Depts (PAID) Rising CCSD Seniors LINK
Internship Health Science SC AHEC Summer Careers Academy (PAID) Graduating Seniors LINK
Internship Leadership & Horticulture Greenheart Project Chs Internship (PAID) Ages 15-19 LINK
Internship Various CHS Metro Chamber offering PAID Internships w/ local firms Graduating Seniors See School Counselor
Pre-Apprenticeship Construction & Manufacturing 327 Careers pre-apprenticeship training & placement Graduating Seniors LINK
Volunteer Various SC Aquarium Splash Program Students ages 13-17 LINK
Volunteer Various City of Charleston Youth Volunteer Corp Rising 7th & 8th LINK
Volunteer Health Science VA Hospital Youth Volunteer Program – Deadline June 5 Ages 14-18 LINK
Volunteer Horticulture / Building Community Charleston Parks Conservancy Volunteer Opportunities Varies by opportunity LINK